Shield Cottage

Nr Strachur, Cairndow Argyll and Bute, PA25 8AZ
< £199,000

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A pretty detached west highland cottage recently fully renovated, with aspects to loch Fyne and Inveraray hills, together with flexible outbuildings and additional planning consent

Description
Shield Cottage enjoys a slightly elevated position from the coast and foreshore and from
where there are excellent vantage points to enjoy the lochs, glens, sea and landscape
scenery. In recent times, the house has undergone a complete programme of refurbishment,
upgrading and improvement and is now presented in clean fresh decorative order.
Shield Cottage is of white painted rough cast finish under a slated roof. It provides
accommodation laid out over two light and bright and easily managed levels.
Outer front porch with door leading to reception hallway, laminate flooring and newly clad
staircase, sitting room with window box seating and under stairs stores cupboard, refitted
kitchen with click tile effect flooring, rear hallway with door to gardens and access to attic
space, refitted shower room and wc, wet wall panelling to dado height and distressed
timber effect vinyl click flooring, bedroom 1 on the ground floor with box window seating,
new timber staircase leading to;
Bedroom 2, triple aspect room with fitted wardrobe and new laminate flooring, bedroom
3 (master) with fitted wardrobes, new laminate flooring and newly created and well fitted
en suite shower room.
Outbuildings
Attached Stone lean to and wood store, stone detached outhouse one time bothy with
additional shed at rear of painted finish under box profile steel roof, two stores formed by
former stables, painted stone finish under box profile steel roof.
Gardens
The access driveway has been cleared and resurfaced with type one compacted gravel.
The front gardens are neat and level and lay mainly to grass with a black gravel pathway
leading to house and outbuildings. There are dry stone walls and borders stocked with
shrubs and small bushes. A small paved terrace is at the front flanked by lap larch fencing.
The rear gardens have been largely cleared of overgrown trees and bushes and are ready
for planting with new shrubs and bushes.
The house offers scope as a primary home or a holiday home / investment with holiday
rental potential.

Situation
Shield Cottage circa 1857 is situated within a small cluster of houses in an area known as
Tighcladich. The waters of Loch Fyne are within meters of the property down a private
access lane.
The situation is one of unique attraction with access from a private Lochside Road. It is
also convenient to easily access at the rear from a layby on the A815, from where there
are steps and railings which lead down to the cottage.
From its near coastal situation there are good south and west facing waterscape views
over the head of Loch Fyne towards Inveraray as well as the imposing and often dramatic
hills and glens that surround the loch.
St Catherines is on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne and is about 5 miles away from the
pretty and popular Loch Fyneside village of Strachur where there are local shops and
services that cater for most everyday needs and requirements.
Primary schooling is available at Strachur and secondary schooling which enjoys an
excellent reputation is available at Dunoon Grammar (23 miles). There is a regular school
bus run both to the primary and secondary schools. The
nearest independent school is in Helensburgh at 34 miles.
Inveraray is almost adjacent (15 miles around the loch) and also has good local shops and
services. Inveraray is a former royal burgh, the traditional county town of Argyll and the
ancestral home to the Duke of Argyll.
Glasgow is about 61 miles and offers a full range of higher and further educational services
as well as all the cultural and professional services normally associated with a major city.
Glasgow Airport is easily accessible and approximately one hour’s drive
away.
The A83 & A82 offer swift access to central Scotland.
Arrochar (18 miles) has a main line rail station with a regular enough service to and from
Glasgow city centre and a sleeper service to London. The frequent western ferry service
between McInroy’s Point and Hunters Quay provides alternative travel to Glasgow and
the west of mainland Scotland.
The area offers much in the way of outdoor pursuits including cycle routes, challenging
hill climbs, walks and several golf courses. The recently established Cowal Way stretches
from Portavadie in the West and travels eastwards for 31 miles through some of the most
dramatic and picturesque sea and landscapes in the west coast.
Sea, river and loch fishing are also available in the area as are a number of commercially
run shoots. Some of the local estates allow stalking by arrangement.
For sailors, the sea lochs of the west of Scotland offer safe anchorages as well as
spectacular coastal sailing; there are marina and chandlery services at Rhu, Inverkip,
Portavadie and Dunoon.

*Planning Permission
Planning permission to erect a single dwelling to
the west side of Shield Cottage has been approved.
The question of waste water treatment remains
unresolved and will be a matter entirely for an
intending buyer to have approved, should they
wish to activate the planning consent. (Planning
Reference 16/02580/PP)

Services
Shield Cottage is served by a mains water supply,
drainage is by private septic tank, heating is by LPG
heating (New Boiler).

Travel Directions
From Glasgow proceed in a westerly direction on the M8 motorway for about 15
miles taking junction 30 onto the Erskine Bridge. Turn left off the bridge on the A82
and continue for about 25 miles to reach Tarbet. Continue to the left at Tarbet onto
the A83 and proceed through Arrochar for a further 13 miles. Turn left onto the A815
and travel for about 4.3 miles. Before reaching St Catherines look out for a layby on
the right hand side at the rear of which there are black railings and steps which lead
directly to Shield Cottage.